A Study In Charlotte

I have to admit that this just caught my attention, in a good way and I rather liked it.

Although the front part of it does need to be slightly better, at least looking at speed it moved at. The main storyline was introduced rather quickly which I liked, but the mystery just took quite a long time before I could solve it.

As for the reveal and the villain, I really liked it. The villain did have some real motives to do as she wanted to. And that it did feel believable. All the while she did it in such a way which covered all her tracks yet at the same time it revealed her personality.

Charlotte was flawed, she is an amateur detective but was really really flawed in a sense. I really did like how the author potrayed her as such all the while still making her the genius. In fact, her own mistakes may be the same thing as well.

I do like the whole history with two families and how it went down. It just didn’t work out well, and Charlotte simply did something wrong. And well, I liked that little bit on drugs and how it was handled here.

As for Jamie, well he was just there I guess. I found Charlotte to be really the one who really took the whole show.

Overall, I really liked this work for the mystery and the attention it pays to the work. It is rather refreshing to read this, where it takes a different stance on the series. Comepletely enjoyable and even likeable. Read this if you have a fondness for contemporary romance with mystery, and well this is a lot darker than I initially thought.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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The Bear And The Nightingale

This was gorgeously written, in a way that I just fell in love with all that was in here.

The writing was in multiple points, and of any kinds and sorts. I really liked how perfect it seemed. I really understood Konstantin and his motives, no matter how much it churns me. And Anna, and I just so desperately wished she will eventually just disappear. If anything they were complex but really easy to hate. In a way that I just wished they will drop off a cliff. To me, that was the most perfect kind of book I know. If I hate the villains despite them being so well fleshed out and indeed flawed, well this book is perfect.

I liked how brave Vasya was here. She never seemed to falter. Although I will have preferred if the story just focused a lot more on her. But it is also mostly negligible to the kind of entertainment I got from this book. The way Vasya never failed to go to the route that she saw as hers. I enjoyed it as much as possible.

As for the ending, I really liked it so much. It suited Vasya given her entire character. That she will never consider marriage to be her option.

I just like how the story was told so lyrically, yet at the same time told a dark tale. It indeed, is worth my money for it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Stories Of Edgar Allen Poe

This was rather entertaining. If it wasn’t as disjointed as it was. I was hoping for some continuity, but since the author of these poems rarely use the same setting so it feels a little disjointed.

But the tales narrated here are quite well done, with the art style truly elaborating all of it. And all the details. We only see the words written by the author, but the actions does a lot more to complete the picture.

However because of the way it was narrated it also had a lot of problems as you can say. Since I couldn’t really connect with any of the main characters at all.

And it was even worse when the stories had very little in connection to each other. I Like the art and the action, but I just could not appreciate the story.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Les Miserables Manga

This was a surprising adaption. Although I’m not entirely familiar with the story which is why I chose to read it in this form. But I was rather surprised at the scope and disappointed at the lack of closure.

I mean, the ending is just hanging there with no real conclusion in my eyes. But the story, the flashbacks all feel so real and true. It felt as though I was truly understanding them.

Cosette’s back story, Marius and his history regarding his father and grandfather. Who were interesting people to say the least. Cosette’s mother and Jean Valjean. This were all interesting stories which touched me.

The art style was rather nice and suitable. Similar to many styles but having its own touch.

But I just found the ending and the story a little confusing. As there was plenty of flashbacks but not much on characters or even the actual core. I don’t even know whether this was because of adaptation or whether the original story was like this.

But the story have its moments albeit confusing and lacking a conclusion which I can say goodbye to.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Spindle Fire

Well, this was rather confusing a work. And one that I found to have really very little connection to sleeping beauty.

Although I liked the tone change, but it just wasn’t handled well at all. It didn’t remind me much of sleeping beauty at all, and I found the story to be dull and rather aimless.

Something very interesting has been the change and the cost of all the gifts she has. It costs her something in exchange for those gifts which I find a rather interesting exchange and include a lot of diversity.

But sadly, it failed to move me at all and the work needs a lot more before it can be convincing and even enjoyable.

And well, you can guess that I just didn’t enjoy this. I do believe that there needed to be more of a focus on the main characters and their intentions. Isabelle deciding to just help her sister and without her own character arc really made it really boring.

Overall, it was just the execution that didn’t make me enjoy this. Otherwise the concept was rather intriguing and some parts did entertain me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

A Crown Of Wishes

This was better than the previous book. Although I neither liked Gauri or Vikram particularly but at least there wasn’t the case in the first book. That was unique in a way that it could not be more hilarious in the wrong way.

And this was different in its own way, and well the motivations are paper thin. I’m more confused by the ending than anything else and how things turned out.

The Serpent King barely had an impact or even appeared, even then I do not think he is some great evil. An extra to be seen really.

Well Aasha did have some interesting moments as did Vikram having a very interesting past. I mean, what kind of guy dresses as a courtesan. Those are a rarity in fiction. But Gauri failed to ellicit any emotion from me.

Overall, a much better work in comparison to The Star Touched Queen but there is still much to be desired.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Knight Of Sherwood

I think that the author took enough liberties to make the work feel hers yet so Robin Hood.

He does feel like the outlaw we all know and love who has stolen from the rich to help the poor. And as usual, I like the way he was portrayed. As for the LGBT angle, I really liked it. Robin Hood is rarely associated with any woman at all, and even then the relationship just seems like an afterthought rather than anything else. A gay Robin Hood was comepletely possible, not to mention he possibly existed under two very famed to be thought of homosexual kings.

Even more so, the plot was really well thought of in the end. How the story went and developed was really well enjoyed and liked by me. I really did like Robin Hood and all of the characters here, with the point of view rather fitting. As it is able to give a very good understanding of all the characters and their thoughts, as well as the situation there. I found it rather fitting.

You could say that this is a retelling that lives up to the name of Robin Hood and all the stories told from it. It does take something new to the table and the author has her creative touch her, which just clicked with me. Overall, I will recommend this work.